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Just another manic Monday…

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Good evening, Write Edge readers! Whew, what a long day. A pop-up thunderstorm caused us to lose power for part of the night, and, of course, I spent most of those hours in a semi-awake state trying to figure out how our family would do all the things for a Monday that we needed to do. Fortunately, the electricity came back on in the morning, but it’s still been a long day.

In any case, I’m happy to report that there won’t be any hiccups in this week’s schedule. First up is my latest short story to hit cyberspace. The writing prompt for this one captured my interest as soon as I read it, and I had a lot of fun playing with the idea. Here’s an excerpt:

My mouth went dry. I didn’t want to answer the question. I also knew I had no choice. Today was Truth Day, after all, and no one escaped. Not the poorest beggar who lived on a park bench and not the richest CEO who had multiple homes, cars, and spouses.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

On Wednesday, I’ll share my latest book review for you. I recently finished Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn, and in the middle of the week you’ll find out what I thought of the novel. Check it out on The Write Edge Bookshelf this week!

Finally, Instagram. At the end of the week, I’ll give you new posts to share what I’m doing in my writing and non-writing worlds. Check out previous posts on Insta with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or by going to my Facebook author page.

Take care of each other and yourselves, readers, and please perform an act of kindness for a stranger this week!


A brush of fall weather

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Today in Central Illinois we’ve had a brush of fall weather; not cool enough for a jacket, but certainly cool enough for a long sweater. The temperatures are popping right back up tomorrow, though, so this feels like just a teaser of the coming season.

It’s the start of another week, which means my weekly fiction. Today I wrote a piece of micro fiction, so I won’t preview it here. I can say, though, that it was partially inspired by an actual (minor) incident over the weekend. You can read the story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a brand new book review with you. This week I’ll tell you what I thought of middle grade author Lindsay Currie’s new book The Girl in White. Check out that post on Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

At the end of the week, I hope to post my latest Instagram pictures for you. Find out what I’m reading for next week, what book will be the focus of this month’s Biblio Breakdown, and get a few peeks of summer memories that now live in my writing studio. That’s all coming up on Friday on Instagram!

Take care of each other, readers, and perform an act of kindness for a stranger this week!


Hello, September!

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Happy Labor Day, readers! For those of you in the U.S., I hope you all have had a lovely long weekend and have gotten the opportunity to relax and enjoy what is unofficially the last weekend of summer.

We’re into a new month and a new school year. Lots of fun stuff going on around our house, but it’s definitely busy. Who knew being the mother of two high schoolers would keep me hopping so much?

In the meantime, I have all of you and the blog as my quiet space, and we’ve got all of our regular content coming up for this week.

First is my flash fiction for this week’s workshop. I started out with the prompt with something completely different in mind but came up with this. Be sure to let me know what you thought. Here’s an excerpt of this week’s original short fiction:

I’d had enough. I’ve lived here for nearly 80 years, and I’d had enough. So I did what any self-respecting citizen would do.

I gave our community the opportunity to reset itself.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

Next is what I’m reviewing this week. Tomorrow sees the release of The Conflict Thesaurus: Volume 2 by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. This dynamite team has turned out so many amazing resources for authors so far in their thesaurus series. Does the latest one meet the standards of the others? Find out on Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Finally, on Friday, it’s back to Instagram and bits and pieces from my writing and non-writing lives. Check out previous posts with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or on my Facebook author page.

Take care of each other, readers, and perform an act of kindness for a stranger this week.

Have a great night!